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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, February 20, 2012 | 0 comments
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FebruaryLove Your Pet Day
- Why do you think we need a special day to love our pets? Sometimes people get very busy. They have homework to do. They have relatives to visit. They have chores to do around the house. Sometimes our pets get a little lonely when we are busy doing other things in our lives. If you don't have a pet, maybe today is the day to adopt a pet. Take a trip to your local Humane Society, and bring home an animal that needs you. It will make you both feel good.

National Cherry Pie Day
- As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote "I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree." Americans celebrate George Washington's Birthday and President's Day in February. So, it's traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion.

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
- On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo". It is a day to chase away winter and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun. (©2006 by Wellcat Holidays)

Daytona 500
- Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. 53rd annual running of the “world’s greatest race.” Forty-three of the best stock car drivers in the world compete in “The Great American Race,” NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious event.

Post Office Birthday
- The Postal Service Act signed by President George Washington on February 20, 1792, established the Department. Postmaster General John McLean was the first to call it the Post Office Department rather than just the "Post Office."

Clean Out Your Bookcases Day
- Is your bookcase full of books you will never read again, books your children have outgrown, pregnancy and birth books when your babies have all grown up, magazines that are just collecting dust? Clean them out -- and donate any books or magazines you no longer want to your local literacy project, seniors' center, daycare center, craft groups, midwifery practice or the nearest library (depending on your reading materials).

Toothpick patented in 1872
- The toothpick is known to predate the arrival of early modern humans. The skulls of Neanderthals, as well as Homo sapiens, have shown clear signs of having teeth that were picked with a tool. It is the oldest instrument for dental cleaning. Toothpicks are well-known in all cultures. Toothpicks made of bronze have been found as burial objects in prehistoric graves in Northern Italy and in the East Alps. It was also well-known in Mesopotamia. The first toothpick-manufacturing machine was developed in 1869, by Charles Forster. Another was patented in 1872, by Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley.

World Day for Social Justice
- a day to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.

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